Christmas lights London: the most beautiful places to see festive lights in the capital

Shorter days and Mariah Carey blowing out of speakers in every store can only mean one thing – it’s almost Christmas.

One must see for everyone in London at this time of year are the Christmas lights.

Perfect for couples, friends, families with children and anyone else celebrating Christmas in London, the colorful installations pop up every year to bring some festive cheer to the city.

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With so many lights across the capital, it can be hard to know which ones are worth the trip, so we’ve put together a list of the very best.

Wembley Winterfest

The LED tree is 25 feet high

Seen against the iconic Wembley arch, this light path is inspired by togetherness.

Entitled ‘Reunited in Light’, the free path has plenty of light installations and art.

But it is the huge 25-foot Christmas tree, complete with 100,000 candles, that draws in the crowds.

You can even walk through the LED tree for a unique photo angle.

Wembley Winterfest is on from November 25 to January 4, with more information here.


The handmade lanterns return to London in November

Located in Crystal Palace Park, this is a light trail like no other.

The trail will be two kilometers long and include a 10-meter-long phoenix set on 50,000 square feet of light and animatronic and digitally projected dinosaurs installed along the famous Crystal Palace dinosaur park.

The centerpiece of Lightopia will be the 40-meter-long and 12-meter-high lantern palace, created using 3D map projection.

The exhibits will mix Chinese beliefs and symbols with Christmas magic to tell a story of wonder and rebirth.

Lightopia is on from 19 November to 2 January and adult tickets can be booked for £ 19.50 on their website.

Churchill Arms

Churchill Arms will have nearly 100 trees on it

This pub is known for its extraordinary exterior decoration and Christmas is no exception.

Nearly 100 Christmas trees adorn the exterior of this 18th-century establishment.

They also serve Thai fusion Christmas food for dinner with a twist.

For more information, go to their website.

Christmas in Kew

Kew Gardens gets a makeover for Christmas

Kew Gardens is already known for amazing greenery, but they are taking things up for Christmas.

The whole garden will light up after dark for a trail of light unlike any other.

There will be tunnels of light, dancing reflections by the water, trees covered with light and a panoramic light exhibition at Palmehuset.

And no light path would be complete without food stalls, of which there are plenty.

Tickets start at £ 21.50 for adults and can be purchased here. Christmas at Kew is on from November 17th to January 9th.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street lights up again

Oxford Street is the shopping destination that needs no introduction.

And its annual lights are just as iconic.

This year, the street is lit with a million stars, which is free to admire for everyone.

Regent Street

The angels are back

Regent Street is Oxford Street’s beautiful neighbor and is just as famous.

Its Christmas lights are the same every year, but they never cease to impress.

It is known as ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ and is lit from 13 November.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden’s giant tree is back

Covent Gsrden’s legendary Christmas tree is back, and this time there’s snow too.

From 9 November to 27 December, snow falls on the hour from kl. 12:00 to 19:00 every day.

And the decorations will be up until January 3rd.

There are even Frozen-themed decorations and interpretations of Let It Go in honor of the West End theater production.

And you can see it all for free, with more information on the website.

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street’s theme is ‘Kaleidoscope’

This year, Carnaby Street is a butterfly-themed Christmas candle.

Over 600 butterflies will apparently flutter across the street and turn it into a neon wonderland.

The candles, titled ‘Carnaby Kaleidoscope’, are in collaboration with charity Choose Love, which raises money for refugees.

More information is available on their website.

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